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spolia opima

[ spoh-lee-uh oh-pahy-muh, -pee-; Latin spaw-li-ah aw-pee-mah ]
/ ˈspoʊ li ə oʊˈpaɪ mə, -ˈpi-; Latin ˈspɔ lɪˌɑ ɔˈpi mɑ /
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plural noun

(in ancient Rome) the arms taken by a victorious general from the leader of a defeated army.

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Origin of spolia opima

From Latin spolia opīma “rich spoils”
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